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Not Your Average Folk Contest

01. IG NYAFC Program Overview

03. IG NYAFC TimelineThe North Carolina Folk Festival will include the Not Your Average Folk Contest presented by Cone Health, for North Carolina-based musicians to compete for prizes – including an opportunity to perform at this year’s NC Folk Festival.

“We strive to shine a light on artists who link their cultural and community roots to contemporary ways of expressing and performing their brand of folk music,” said Amy Grossmann, president & CEO of the North Carolina Folk Festival. “Through the Not Your Average Folk Contest we endeavor to amplify talent from our home state by creating this fun opportunity for emerging or community-based musicians to share their musical traditions with our festival community.”

The Not Your Average Folk Contest welcomes electronic applications from a diverse array of musical groups from across North Carolina who will be adjudicated in two phases – the first phase by a panel of music experts from the Greensboro community who will select four finalists, and a second phase of online voting by the public to select a winner from the four finalists. Each finalist will be awarded prizes commensurate with their ranking from the online voting phase.  The finalist receiving the most online votes will be declared the winner and will be awarded a spot to perform at the 2021 NC Folk Festival and an 8-hour professional studio recording session provided by Black Rabbit Audio in Greensboro.

“We are grateful for Cone Health’s support of this new, exciting way to promote and celebrate the creative voices of NC-based musicians,” said Amy Grossmann. “While we continue to plan for the return of an in-person festival that complies with local health and safety ordinances, we can’t think of a better partner than Cone Health to create this safe, virtual space for a friendly competition.”

The Not Your Average Folk Contest will accept online applications through the NC Folk Festival website until 11:59pm (EST) on Sunday, June 13, 2021.  Contest guidelines, eligibility, and application requirements, along with more information on how and where to submit an application can be found at www.ncfolkfestival.com.
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